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Job ID :
88346
Location :
Jacksonville, FL US
Level :
Senior Manager
Job Category :
Legal
Description :

Where good people build rewarding careers.

Think that working in the insurance field can’t be exciting, rewarding and challenging? Think again. You’ll help us reinvent protection and retirement to improve customers’ lives. We’ll help you make an impact with our training and mentoring offerings. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to expand and apply your skills in ways you never thought possible. And you’ll have fun doing it. Join a company of individuals with hopes, plans and passions, all using and developing our talents for good, at work and in life.


Company Overview

Allstate Benefits is one of America’s leading voluntary benefit providers. Founded in 1956 as American Heritage Life and acquired by The Allstate Corporation in 1999, they have the strength of a nationally recognized and trusted brand behind our comprehensive and competitive product portfolio. The business’ Critical Illness, Accident, Cancer and Universal Life products are ranked #1 in the industry, plus they also offer disability income, hospital indemnity, vision and dental insurance. More than 40,000 companies across the U.S. choose to put our products to work for them, protecting their most valuable assets.


In alignment with corporate goals, the Corporate Counsel will serve as the General Counsel (GC) for Allstate Benefits (AB).   The GC will direct Allstate Benefits legal initiatives in a cost efficient manner that pushes business objectives forward while appropriately protecting against risks; lead and manage the AB legal team; coordinate compliance, privacy functions, and corporate secretarial functions; and may serve as a director of subsidiaries and other affiliates as circumstances dictate.  The GC achieves these goals by performing the duties personally or through subordinate full time and part time associates.   The GC also is accountable for overseeing AB’s Product Support group, working directly with senior management at AB to establish goals and objectives for Product Support.

 

The General Counsel is expected to integrate and collaborate with the Law & Regulation Department of Allstate to ensure advice & counsel is consistent throughout the entire enterprise, includes input from all relevant practice groups, and considers risk at both the enterprise and business unit levels.  All legal counseling shall be performed in coordination and cooperation with Allstate Law & Regulation.  Final performance evaluations will be the General Counsel of Allstate Life & Retirement, along with substantial input of the business leaders AB.

Job Description

 

Strategic Partner

  • Serves as a strategic business partner to senior leaders within AB.
  • Collaborates and partners with the business teams and attends and actively participates in senior management meetings, understands the business, and leverages legal knowledge to help grow the business, and anticipate/avoid legal risk and brand-threatening events. 
  • Applies knowledge of the complex insurance-related regulatory scheme, challenging competitive landscape and dynamic litigation and regulatory environments to help navigate, plan and build for continued business growth.  
  • Advises and collaborates with the senior management team and others on a wide array of matters such as those that relate to corporate governance, securities, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, compliance (including internal audit), anti-trust, privacy and procurement.  
  • Provides advice and counsel on strategic, highly complex and highly sensitive issues.  Proactively counsels clients on emerging legal issues and risk.    
  • Advises and provides reports, as necessary and appropriate, to the Board of Directors of the various legal entities for which the GC is accountable.
  • Oversees management of litigation involving AB.

 

Leader and Manager

  • Manages the delivery of legal services to the operation – ensuring that business receives high-quality, cost-effective, commercially sensitive and fully responsive legal services.  
  • Oversees and leads the day-to-day operations of segments of the practice group.  This responsibility includes talent management and development, performance and compensation talent conversations, managing the group’s budget, and ensuring collaboration with other Law Department practice groups. 
  • Leads a team of attorneys and paralegals in providing counsel and support to leadership on legal risk issues. 
  • Collaborates and partners with other officers within the Law Department on matters relating to Department-wide operations and administration, strategy, planning, coaching and development of talent, performance conversations and compensation planning, diversity, systems and data management, and expenses.  

Job Qualifications

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Bachelor’s degree and J.D is required.  Achievement of insurance or financial services related professional designations, such as the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter or Chartered Life Underwriter designation, is a plus.

 

LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS AND PERSONAL TRAITS:

The successful candidate will be a change leader and manager. This individual must also have the following personal and professional attributes which are consistent with the Company’s stated values and should possess substantive legal and business qualities and experience, or the substantial equivalent thereof, in a variety of areas including the following:

  • Advanced knowledge of insurance company operations including product development (and substantive product knowledge), claims, pricing, underwriting, marketing, distribution/sales, and claims.  Knowledge of group voluntary benefits a plus, but not required.    
  • Proven ability to establish, maintain and leverage favorable relationships with insurance and/or financial services regulators, trade association members and leadership, and industry representatives.
  • Advanced knowledge of the insurance and/or financial services legislative and regulatory schemes as well as the regulatory and legislative environments (state and federal) in which those industries operate.
  • General knowledge of ERISA, COBRA, electronic commerce, taxation of employee benefits, corporate governance principles, corporate legal compliance, corporate secretarial matters, insurance holding company requirements, antitrust compliance, intellectual property, and privacy.  
  • Reputation for ethics, integrity and professionalism.  Must be perceived as a person who can be trusted with confidences and will deal appropriately with them, consistent with ethical and other legal imperatives.  
  • A thought leader who will challenge inside attorneys, outside counsel, business clients and senior management in appropriate ways and in appropriate situations.  Should be seen as a thoughtful resource for difficult decisions.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills, including the ability to explain complex matters to non-lawyers, conduct oneself with appropriate “executive presence” in internal and external settings, hear the concerns and ideas of others, and effectively work with, counsel as well as influence those in and outside the organization.
  • Proven leadership skills including the ability to set a strategic vision and goals for the AB Legal team, align the appropriate resources to support business needs, inspire and motivate lawyers and others to perform at high levels, and delegate responsibility while holding oneself and others accountable for achieving results.
  • Function independently while maintaining and promoting an environment of accountability, teamwork, collaboration, and shared knowledge and ideas.
  • Pursue lifelong learning and development and thrive on change and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to manage a budget effectively, including an aptitude and experience in leveraging data to ensure the efficient management of the litigation portfolio. 
  • Demonstrate and foster a sense of urgency, strong commitment, and accountability while making sound decisions and achieving goals.
  • Ensure the development of a diverse pool of talent to meet current and future organizational needs.
  • Create an environment that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives, attracts and retains top talent. 
  • Deal effectively with ambiguity, change, and adapt appropriately to a range of situations.

 

 


The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

Good Work. Good Life. Good Hands®.

As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary – but that’s just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.

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